This is a second book of Shobha de. She had a successful career in modelling and glamour world and this book is a replica of the dark side of Bollywood. This book was first published in Viji, a dark chubby girl from Madras was pushed into blue films by her own mother, Amma.
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Claudio Marinesco Cover photograph. Patrick Kang Cover design. Bollywood is no place for a vulnerable, small-town girl like Aasha Rani. But that doesn't stop her mother from pushing her into a world of exploitation and bedroom casting calls.
Aasha has no choice but to thrive-despite the vicious circles of starlets, pimps, and celebrities who want to see her meet her end. But the day she meets Bollywood's leading man, everything she's Bollywood is no place for a vulnerable, small-town girl like Aasha Rani. But the day she meets Bollywood's leading man, everything she's worked so hard for is jeopardized. Because she may be falling for Akshay Arora-and there's no room for love in a business where it's the stranger under your sheets holding the key to your success.
With her innocence stolen and nowhere else to turn, Aasha knows her downfall could come as quickly as her rise to fame. And letting herself love might just be the most fatal career move of her life Get A Copy. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Bollywood Nights , please sign up. Sunil because she gets proper earning from bollywood box office …more because she gets proper earning from bollywood box office less. See 1 question about Bollywood Nights…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 2. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Bollywood Nights. Mar 19, G. Malathi rated it did not like it.
I know I sound amateur. But honestly, this is the worst book I've ever read. It could readily kill the life out of anything. That's putting it lightly though. View 2 comments. Curiosity killed the cat, and curiosity killed my three hours. I repent the decision to even start the book, the initial pages were filled with enough stupidity that should have deterred me from reading more pages. I kept an optimistic attitude and ventured further into the book, only to find more and more disappointment.
The main character is a woman who is more than okay to use her body to gain a foothold in the movie industry of India. While that might be true, that is one horrendously bad cho Curiosity killed the cat, and curiosity killed my three hours. While that might be true, that is one horrendously bad choice for a protagonist and entirely devoid of redeemable qualities that would make a reader pine for her.
The character doesn't improve in any sense throughout the book. Phew- even writing about it makes me conscious of wasting digital ink. Do not, I plead you, do not start this book if you want a good story worth your time.
May 06, Carolyn added it. This is terrible. I bailed too soon to even rate it. View 1 comment. Jan 26, Melissa rated it it was ok Shelves: india. What a joyless book. Prepared for the glamour of Bollywood, instead, this novel shows you its trash. Aasha Rani is a Bollywood heroine. Brought to the film world by her mother, she quickly discovers that to survive in Bollywood you must trade your body, if not your soul. While she does well as an actress and appears in many films it is not a very happy life.
The man she loves is married and while she is his mistress she can have no more than that. Others she sleeps with offer the same lack of emot What a joyless book. Others she sleeps with offer the same lack of emotional ties and give her nothing more than a fleeting memory of feeling good.
Or they give her something she needs to advance her carrier or make her Amma mother happy. Her life is not really her own. Finally breaking down when her lover Akshay no longer wants her and shuns her, she escapes to New Zealand. There she meets her husband and has a beautiful daughter, Sasha, before that life goes wrong as well. She drifts aimlessly to London, back to India, never really having true happiness or not being on the wrong side of the bed with most men.
I expected a great deal more from this book, but it seems the author is just bitter towards the whole idea of Bollywood. While it was mostly well written I had some issues with grammar and having speaking from multiple characters in one paragraph there was nothing of hope in this novel. De invites plenty of innovation to her writing, mixing Indian dialect slang with English, but fails to make her characters people you care about.
Indeed, I couldn't stand the main character at first, and just when she was getting marginally better, the book took a turn back to being horrible again. I understand that there is plenty of scandal in Bollywood, but with my preconceived notions of Indian women and the fact that I just wanted some happiness in the novel, this book was a huge let down. And its attitude towards men is very bitter.
There was not one "good" man in the whole book. In fact, most of them screw over the main character at least once if not many times.
Overall not something I would read again. In fact, based on this novel, I will probably steer clear of the rest of De's novels. Jun 21, Pallavi rated it really liked it.
It brings out what the movie world is all about. Most of us are very happy at seeing the packaging and forget that beneath the packaging there might a truth which we have been running away from. Dec 05, Deb rated it it was ok. Bollywood Nights is a tell all type of book involving the Bollywood film industry but since it's a work of fiction the names and dates have beenn changed and the surroundings melded together to protect the innocent or the way this book tells it, to hide the actions of the guilty.
I do like Bollywood films and spent a good part of my reading of this book , an extended gossip column, wracking my brain wondering who was really who? Who is Ms Shobhaa De tadling on?
I'm sure only the author ,and the Bollywood Nights is a tell all type of book involving the Bollywood film industry but since it's a work of fiction the names and dates have beenn changed and the surroundings melded together to protect the innocent or the way this book tells it, to hide the actions of the guilty.
I'm sure only the author ,and the press I'm sure, only know the real deal. Juicy is most definitely a word that comes to mind. In classic Bollywood form this story is writen in two halves. There is part one which seems like a whole story unto it self and then an intermission and then part two, which seems totally different as well.
The first part tells the story of our protagonist and heroine Viji, whose names is changed to Aasha Rani when she moves from the seedy world of 'Blue light' films as a young girl to the big business world of Bollywood and its never ending nonstop casting couch.
Poor Aasha Rani's mother is overwhelmed with delusions of grandeur for her daughter and from very young ages pushes her into sexual situations with older, lecherous, dirty men all in the name of fame. Aasha Rani in turn is used and abused and seems to identify herself and her career with this demented "sex sells" type of persona. She grows up in the industry trying to sleep herself into her own identity.
Book review: Shobha De's 'Starry Nights'
Starry Nights is Shobha De's second novel. It is said [ by whom? It was a best seller in India and cemented its authors reputation as being a provocative and daring author. The protagonist of the book is Aasha Rani, a dark, chubby girl from Madras who has striven for seven years to become a famous Bollywood starlet.
Starry Nights by Shobha de – Book Review
The man is a married, middle-aged, balding Bollywood agent called Kishenbhai, who neatly folds his pants and shirt before he has sex with the teenager. I feel revulsion, a fair amount of it directed at Asha. Yet, something feels wrong about the anger I feel towards her, I cannot put a finger on what. As the novel races along, Asha Rani goes from starlet, to bonafide star to ageing has-been.
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Satyajit Ray was one of the greatest film-makers of his time. In , he was awarded the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement by the Academy All except for Akshay Arora, the film star she is desperately in love with. This is her story—from her days as a vulnerable small-town girl, pushed by her ambitious mother into sleeping her way to the top, to getting her first break from Kishenbhai, the small-time distributor who never stops loving her, to sealing her career under the patronage of the deadly Bombay don Sheth Amirchand. Glittering, glamorous and full of unforgettable characters, Starry Nights is the ultimate Bollywood novel. Featured Book 21 riveting stories from the battlefield about how India's highest military honour was won The Brave takes you to the hearts and minds of India's Read More.